Second Community Paint Day

Since we had to cancel a couple of the previously planned community paint days for various reasons, we were so happy to be able to add one in last minute, Saturday, August 8. This part of the wall is on the neighborhood side of Trenton Street, and since it is so close to traffic, we asked for only volunteers 12 years old and up due to safety reasons. We made an exception for one young artist so that she could paint her drawing that had been chosen to be part of the design.

Thanks so much to everyone who came out! We had a wonderful (and productive) Saturday morning. We are beginning to get close to the end of this project so if you have been wanting to volunteer please let us know!

Community Paint Day Success!

July 11 was our first Community Paint Day on Commerce St. Behind Antique Alley in Downtown West Monroe. It was a huge success! We got out there early, set up a couple of tents, spread out our 50 colors alongside paint brushes and buckets of water, and just let volunteers come and paint. It was organized chaos, with everything numbered for specific colors. We had children of all ages, community groups, and families from all over our area.

This section of the wall features a large chunk filled with flowers, bees, butterflies, and other garden critters as well as a farm/agriculture scene, and woodlands full of an eclectic variety of deer drawings. Giving the kids paintbrushes and showing them tips for painting and letting them loose was so rewarding to watch. Everyone did such a great job!

Also, we were visited by a crazy armadillo.

We took a ton of pics, so feel free to flip through the gallery above. Special thanks to Macaroni Kid Monroe-West Monroe, for helping us to promote the Community Paint day and getting us such a great turn out!

Kids and Their Art

At the Artists Gala we hosted in June, we had a huge turn out of the children who's artwork was chosen to be used on the wal. We were so happy to get to meet them and talk to them about how their art was going to be used on One Mile of Love. Unfortunately, because it was a crazy evening and everyone was having so much fun, we only got to take a handful of photos of the kids with their artwork. Here are a few of the awesome kids involved with this project

This is just a tiny representation of the 250+ artists that will be featured on the wall. We have some seriously talented kiddos in our community and we are so proud of them!

Meet the One Mile of Love Team

Hey everyone! This is Emery reporting in to give you an update on our progress so far and a little insight into our day to day life working on the wall. This has just been an unbelievable summer! We have gotten so much done (we are about at the halfway mark!!!) and we have had such a great response from our community. I, for one, am so proud to be a part of this fantastic project and to work with some great folks.

We have been lucky enough to have a team of talented and enthusiastic artists  who have worked countless hours in the heat, and at night, to get this project where it is today. Let me introduce you to them!

This is Justin Ferguson. He is a great painter, very precise and organized. He also runs the night crew that does the projecting of the images onto the wall. Anytime we run into a snag, he knows just what to do to get us back on track from splicing and rewiring the projectors to wrangling extension cords. He is currently an art student at ULM and an integral part of the One Mile of Love team.

Lacy Mitchum is a fine artist painter and sculptor that recently graduated from ULM. She is part of the early bird shift and always has the best attitude (even at 6 am). Unfortunately, we are sad to say, she will be moving up to Memphis soon to pursue her masters degree. We will certainly miss her and her awesome skills!

Kayden Lirette is another ULM art student that we are excited to have on board. Always happy to do whatever is asked of him, he helps on the projecting crew and daily painting. Kayden is just the coolest. If you aren't friends with him already, you should be. Oh yeah, and of course he is a good painter too!

On the right, up there, you can catch a glimpse of the rare and elusive Jonathan, Justin's brother and the last member of our team. Jonathan is also (you guessed it!) good with a paint brush and a master of the over head projector. However, very little else is known... He is a quiet guy.

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Above is Mr. Todd McGuffee. He and his team of painters have been invaluable when it comes to getting a base coat on this wall. If you haven't noticed, this wall is BIG, but it's nothing for them to paint a huge chunk in very little time. They are the experts!

And this is me, Emery Thibodeaux. Proudly sporting my LA Tech cap among a team of Warhawks. Go bulldogs!

Of course, I must also include Brooke, our fearless leader! She has really busted it to make all of this happen. She is awesome!

Sorry it's been a while since we've done a blog post, but we have several more locked and loaded so check back to see more awesome developments!

The Choosing Process and Getting Ready to Paint

The past few weeks have been a whirlwind adventure for us and its only going to get better! We have had the opportunity to meet with so many great people in our community including our leaders, the media, and families of children who have been participating in this project. One question that comes up over and over again is, "How did you choose what drawings will go on the wall?"

One thing we can say for sure is that the selection process certainly wasn't easy. We received thousands of drawings from almost 30 schools in Ouachita Parish. We had children as young as 4 all the way up to eighth grade. We had crazy blobs and stick people along with realistic animals and intricate sports scenes. Ultimately, we made decisions based on how content and style could flow together to create as much of a unified narrative as possible while still representing all stages of childhood development.

First, we went through all of the drawings choosing anything that we thought was well done and represented the major themes that we wanted to showcase such as community, faith, friendship, family, academics, and childhood activities.

Unfortunately, we did not think to take a photo of the huge piles of drawings we started with, but this at least shows part of the beginning stage of sorting.

Unfortunately, we did not think to take a photo of the huge piles of drawings we started with, but this at least shows part of the beginning stage of sorting.

Next, we went through all of those again, grouping the drawings into categories and themes.

A few of our folders full of drawings divided into content categories. Yes, there is a whole section dedicated to foods kids love!

A few of our folders full of drawings divided into content categories. Yes, there is a whole section dedicated to foods kids love!

Then we went through each category, one by one, and filtered out the ones that maybe we had too many representatives of. For instance, we might have had 15 nice football drawings, but we really needed to narrow it down to 5 or less, taking into consideration how they would fit into the greater design scheme. Unfortunately, this meant we had to discard some really great work that just didn't quite fit the vision.

Finally, we were able to start compiling them into the actual mural design. The wall consists of roughly 112 panels. We used four sheets of letter size paper taped together to represent one panel. (Fortunately the proportions work out almost exactly!) Then we transferred every selected drawing, by hand, onto our panel sheet.

Lots of drawings went into making one cohesive scene.

Lots of drawings went into making one cohesive scene.

We tried to keep the art as similar to the original as possible, but in order to make the drawings flow well together, often changes did have to be made. In some instances, only part of the child's drawing would be used. Or perhaps the elements would be separated and rearranged to fit the horizontal layout. Below, we chose to use the girl figure and her painting on an easel, but not the background elements.

This is a great example to show how we did take some liberties in changing the original artwork to work better within the design.

This is a great example to show how we did take some liberties in changing the original artwork to work better within the design.

This sequence shows some great scenes from around a neighborhood, including charming houses, porch swings, and throwing a football.

This sequence shows some great scenes from around a neighborhood, including charming houses, porch swings, and throwing a football.

We needed 112 full panels (which measure about 8'x40' of levee wall), which means we had to tape 448 sheets of paper together to get scale model of our wall. After hours and hours of tag-team drawing and designing, we finally had almost enough panels. We had to get out of our kitchens and to a bigger room to really see what we had!

We headed to Brown Gym at ULM and spread out all of our completed panel designs. Seeing all the different themes laid out made it a whole lot easier to figure out how to get the entire thing to flow together.

Just a portion of all of the drawings we had spread out all over the gym.

Just a portion of all of the drawings we had spread out all over the gym.

Considering and rearranging.

Considering and rearranging.

How to get such different themes to work well together.....?

How to get such different themes to work well together.....?

Like working a puzzle!

Like working a puzzle!

So many drawings! But this really shows how long this wall really is.

Everything got lined up nice and neat, and numbered with the corresponding numbers that exist on the wall. Now we know exactly where everything will go. We just need to make a few minor adjustments here and there, and we will be ready to start drawing the design onto the wall as soon as possible. We will also be finalizing our list of artists and notify everyone whose work was chosen. Letters to the kids will go out next week.

We are pumped! Are you? Let us know if you want to come volunteer!

Volunteer Opportunities - Paint with us!

hello everyone,

This is a friendly update about the One Mile of Love Mural project.  

We are hoping to start painting the Mural on June 3rd.  We will let everyone know when community days are or when there are any opportunities to come help us paint the Mural.  

Please know that we are going to make helping very easy.  If you could do a paint by number you can help us paint the Mural.  We are looking for occasional and regular volunteers.  If you know a time that works better for you or your organization just let us know and we will accommodate the times that are best for you.  We will have evening sessions and weekend sessions, half-day sessions and one-hour sessions, and Community paint days for drop by sessions.  

Can’t wait to work with each of you to make this MURAL amazing.   Thank you for your support.   

You can also see updates by following us on Facebook or the website.

 

 

Fun Day Creating at Claiborne Elementary

Last week we were fortunate enough to be able to partake in the wonderful Science and History Fun Day at Claiborne Elementary. Our friend at Masur Museum, Ben Hickey, allowed us to come along with him and have the kids (all second and third graders) produce drawings for "One Mile of Love."

The schedule!

The schedule!

Each class had about 25-30 children that we had for only 25 minutes. We divided them up into two groups, one down on the floor drawing on huge rolls of white paper, and one at desks working on more structured drawings with various themes such as "transportation," "extracurricular activities," "Louisiana," and "agriculture." They each had about 10-12 minutes and then they would swap projects.

Although it was slightly chaotic, we had as much fun as the kids as their minds blasted into creative overdrive. The ideas that they came up with were constantly surprising and impressing us. Here are loads more pics of all the super cute kiddos getting their art on!

Thanks so much to Ben for letting us team up with Masur Museum to help make this happen! We can't wait to collaborate with you guys more in the future. And to Brooke's ULM Art students, Taylor, Sara Beth, and Katie for helping us in the classroom! We CAN'T WAIT to go through all of these drawings and select contenders for the wall! We will also be collecting more drawings from many other schools all week. If you know of any child who wants to submit, please contact us!

Ben, Taylor, Sara Beth, Emery, and Brooke. Taking on the kids!

Ben, Taylor, Sara Beth, Emery, and Brooke. Taking on the kids!

Oh, and one more random funny thing we learned.... New moccasins can make your feet turn red. FYI.

Emery's brand new Minnetonka's dyed her feet. It was kinda nasty.

Emery's brand new Minnetonka's dyed her feet. It was kinda nasty.

"Tall Tales" 2010-2015 Brooke Foy's First Commission

In 2008 I put a bid in for a large scale outdoor commission for a Library/Community Center in Cordova Tennessee.  A little bit shocked, I was chosen for the commission.  The city liked my idea the most and I was about to embark on a giant public work.  I was going to create a 1000 square foot maze of concrete books that would be called "Tall Tales".  I embarked on a new journey of concrete and tile mosaic work.  I got to work with engineers and contractors designing the area for my pieces.  I made 20 books that would stand and lay in all different directions to create a small version of a maze.  Children would be be able to run, hide, climb and lounge on them.  This piece was a lot of fun and one of the greatest slices of education I have ever had.  I learned so much as I tackled every layer of making such a large scale piece.  

This past week I got to go back to visit the piece.  My visit back was plagued with worry and anxiety.  I poured so much of myself into this piece that i am very attached to the way that it lives on.  About 2 years ago I was informed that the piece has been harmed and would need repair.  Urban Art called in 2 artists that came to the rescue and they did a GREAT JOB!  

Here are the pictures from the visit a week ago!  You also get to see a best bud from Memphis and her sweet beauty CLOVER! 


Make sure to click on the image below to see more images! 

Use the left and right arrows to flip through the pics.

Hope you enjoy this piece!  More works to come in the near future!


Memphis Street Art

Emery and I hit the street in Memphis for 2.5 days.  We saw almost every single mural and outdoor sculpture there is in Memphis.   We where looking for inspiration and thats just what we found.  I hope you enjoy the works as much as we did!


These works are by GREELY MYATT.  Brooke had the opportunity to work as an Assistant to Greely on these works.  The quilts are made of Aluminum and Street Signs.  The quilts sit behind the City Hall in Downtown Memphis. Love these pieces. 


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DAY 2

Who is ARROW?

ARROW is made up of 2 people...for now.  We are two cool chicks working to alter the way things are for ourselves and the awesome community around us. 

First off lets start with ONE person that I am sure I stumbled upon.  Sometimes we find just the right person at just the right time!  I am sure that I found an artist at the moment when I needed her most and I am very grateful that she loves my dream as much as I do.  EMERY THIBODEAUX is an awesome Designer, Artist, and my Right Hand Bad Ass!  We will be Dreaming up the big stuff!   We will be working hard; bringing AWESOME to Northeast Louisiana!    Keep checking back!

Below you can see just a glimpse of the Awesomeness that is EMERY. 

THEN there is ME!  Im Brooke Foy.  Im the mind behind all of this.  I want to bring some new beauty to our area.  I want to continue to teach our generations of young people to love, appreciate and to even be as crazy as I am about the ARTS.  I have a vision for our community.  In all things, I want to make my life ROCK and while Im doing that I have decided to try to help others see beauty in all things, to help our community know what it means to be united, and to remind those that might have forgotten that our life is what we make it.   So LEts make it Awesome. 

We are ARROW public art!  Emery and I are going to be working hard to be a positive example of all things community and artistic! 

 

ARROW Memphis Trip • April 2015

ARROW  has many projects lined up!  Some projects are Murals and what better way to prepare to master a MURAL than to go see and talk to some artists that are doing just that!  On our 2.5 day trip we got to talk to artist Carl E. Moore and Crosstown Arts founder Todd Richardson.  

It just so happens that ARROW founder {Brooke Foy} went to Graduate school at University of Memphis and also completed a large public work there.  We got to see some great friends, artists, mentors, and more works than can be imagined,  ARROW {Emery and Brooke} biked around downtown Memphis and traveled to every corner of memphis in search of murals and artworks for both inspiration and information. 

Here are some of the works that we saw.  But first these are mine and Emery's TOP 3 works:

#1 By Carl E. Moore {click on the images below to see more images}

#2 By David Lynch "Redux" 2013

#3 By Mary Norman "Security" 2013

These three works of art are just a few of the works we saw.


Check back later for more art works from the MEMPHIS trip.  There where TONS of them.   

Our first public appearance! Art Crawl April 2015

ARROW was super excited to unveil "One Mile of Love" to the public last Thursday night at Downtown Art Crawl in Monroe. We had a table set up at Sugar Gallery along with ARROW artist and designer, Emery Thibodeaux's artwork. Not only did we provide information about the upcoming mural project, but we encouraged all attendees to participate by drawing their own doodles to be considered for the final mural design!

ARROW founder Brooke Foy workingthe very busy table as adults and children excitedly draw their ideas for "One Mile of Love."

ARROW founder Brooke Foy workingthe very busy table as adults and children excitedly draw their ideas for "One Mile of Love."

Although most selected drawings are intended to be drawn by children, we allowed adults to draw as well, recommending that they get in touch with their inner child and not to worry about perfecting their image. Anyone who turned in a picture got their name in a raffle for a free dinner at Enoch's Pub and movie tickets. We could not believe how great of a turn out there was!

This adorable group of young artists camped out in the corner and drew lots of great pictures for us!

This adorable group of young artists camped out in the corner and drew lots of great pictures for us!

We are looking for images that reflect childhood, our community, friendship, faith, etc. We are not looking for perfect drawings, but pictures that display the essence of childhood art. We will then adapt these images into a cohesive and continuous design. We will be needing hundreds of submissions so we have gotten West Monroe area schools on board, and students will be creating in the classroom and getting them back to us in the next few weeks.

Here are a few of the many drawings  from Thursday night that are great examples of the kinds of images we are looking for:

We also generated quite a bit of interest in sponsorships. This huge undertaking is going to cost a pretty large chunk of change and community support is very important to its success. We are currently working to get all of the sponsorship information together and will open it up for area businesses soon.

Thanks so much to all who came out to Art Crawl! We can't wait to see all the drawings come in and we are so excited to get started! If you are interested in sponsoring or volunteer opportunities please contact us.